Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:40 AM

God and Morality

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:40 AM
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:40 AM

"Given the failure of moral relativism, it must be the case that objective and universal moral norms exist. But if they exist, what is their source? Where do they come from? I will argue that the God of theism best explains the existence of universal and objective moral norms. The case I will make here is certainly not irrefutable proof of God’s existence. It is more like a prosecutor’s legal argument for a defendant’s guilt based on circumstantial evidence. In other words, given the “fingerprints” one finds on moral norms when one reflects on their nature, they are best explained as the result of the hand and mind of the God of theism."    [1] Geisler, N. L., & Hoffman, P. K. (2001). Why I am a Christian : Leading thinkers explain why they believe (13). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

 The one thing that is often overlooked is that once one understands the Bible a better plan for the universe cannot devised by man. But of course, one of the unbeliever’s favorite methods of attacking the Bible is to quote the verses in which God’s wrath is exercised by God upon man as if this demonstrates God’s unfairness and lack of morals. When the unbeliever disagrees with God they want to judge God. If they understood the Bible better, they would realize that there is more to the story; the Bible clearly demonstrates that God exercises His right of judgment after abundant grace and a divine period of patience.

  A death in the Bible is seen by nonbelievers as a tragedy and they hold forth against God as if they are able to judge with a moral standard that is greater than God. It must be remembered that all are going to die. If God chooses to bring about judgment, the most one could say is that they were brought to judgment early. For the Bible tells us that every knee will bow in time. Romans14.11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

We all know that moral norms exist and the Bible also tells us that we all know that God exist because it has been shown to us; and we are without excuse . Romans1.18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. [i]

 Further the Bible tells us that all of Heaven rejoices when a believer is brought to Heaven, a believer has no problem with entering Heaven at any time. The problem that unbelievers are faced with is that judgment is coming; what difference does it matter if it is today or tomorrow…it is still inevitable for violating God’s moral standard.  Man has proven that he is not capable of setting moral standards and judging God, others, or himself. The history of the world and man’s journey through time is nothing more than a revealing of this fact.

[i] The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ro 1:18–20). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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